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Warner Bros.

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Conjuring’ Conjures Up a Massive Opening

There was a lot of buzz surrounding James Wan's 'The Conjuring' going into this weekend. "Scariest movie of the year." "Best horror movie in a long time." And so on. But it paid off. 'The Conjuring' not only won the box office, it won the box office in a way that R-rated horror movies often don't. Between this and 'The Purge,' R-rated horror is officially back in a big way.

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Mandela Trailer
The Weinstein Co.

‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Trailer: Idris Elba Fights For His People

If it's a Weinstein Company film, you can usually bet that it's going to be going for Oscars, so don't be surprised if one of the year's big awards contenders is 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.' It stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, and is due out at the end of the year, so this new trailer hints at its award possibilities.

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12 Years a Slave
Fox Searchlight

’12 Years a Slave’ Reveals First Trailer

In pre-Civil War America, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery.

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new movies 07/12/2013
Warner Bros. / Sony

New Movies: ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Grown Ups 2′

Two wildly different offerings hit theaters this weekend. The first is a sci-fi/action/thriller about monsters fighting giant robots; the other is the sequel to a surprisingly successful comedy featuring a set of four men acting like children.

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Disney
Disney

Johnny Depp Lines Up ‘Mortdecai’ to Wash Out Taste of ‘The Lone Ranger’

Though 'The Lone Ranger' is still in theaters, with a less than $50 million five-day opening, the film is already in contention for one of the year's biggest misfires, if not outright failures. That Johnny Depp is currently lining up a new project means one of two things: He's rethinking what roles he should play or he taking big paydays while they're still around. That next project? 'Mortdecai.'

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‘Pacific Rim’ Review

As basically a three-word genre mash-up -- monsters vs. robots -- the announcement that Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures were making 'Pacific Rim' didn't really need to offer much more than just that siren-song simple idea. But it did, promising a big canvas for a big talent, the director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro isn't a household name -- unless you live in Austin -- but he's the outsized outsider genius behind movies like 'Hellboy' and 'Blade 2' as well as films like 'Pan's Labyrinth' and 'The Devil's Backbone.' And while counting down to 'Pacific Rim,' I had the feeling that while it was nice to have someone spending $200 million to make what my inner 12-year-old would no doubt consider the perfect summer movie, my adult self couldn't help but be suspicious of anyone who'd spend that much money on a pre-teen's idea of the perfect summer movie.

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Universal
Universal

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Despicable Me 2′ Rides Over ‘The Lone Ranger’

Which would you expect to win the Fourth of July weekend: the Disney-produced, Johnny Depp-starring revival of an iconic American hero or the sequel to a French-made, Steve Carell-starring animated movie about a lovable supervillain? Well, it looks like American audiences simply aren't interested in westerns, even the uber-expensive ones starring Captain Jack Sparrow with a bird on his head. 'Despicable Me 2' destroyed 'The Lone Ranger' over the holiday weekend. Like, totally wrecked it. Mercilessly.

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Steven Spielberg, The Grapes of Wrath
Getty images, Penguin Books

Steven Spielberg Wants to Produce a ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Adaptation

In what must be great news for lazy students who hate watching black and white movies but don't want to read a book, Steven Spielberg is looking to produce a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel 'The Grapes of Wrath.' And it turns out he's not the only one interested in updating this classic.

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new movies 07/03/2013
Buena Vista / Universal

New Movies: ‘The Lone Ranger,’ ‘Despicable Me 2′

The moviegoing weekend gets off to a mid-week start with Independence Day falling on a Thursday. On Wednesday, two big-time blockbuster wannabes hit theaters—one featuring a beloved summer-movie star of years past, the other a sequel to a 2010 animated smash.

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The Lone Ranger review
Walt Disney Pictures

‘The Lone Ranger’ Review

I loved 'Rango,' the last time Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski offered up a madcap spin on the Western. I basically enjoyed 'John Carter,' last year's Western-infused would-be space epic, which, not coincidentally, was the last time Walt Disney stock holders had to reach for a shaker of Tums.

However, 'The Lone Ranger,' this new spazzed-out Western from Depp, Verbinski and Disney, takes unusual and unlikely measures to ensure that audiences have a miserable time. There are momentary flashes of amusement, but it is jumbled, tone-deaf and uninteresting. If I wanted to be kind I'd call it dull and ephemeral, but there are long stretches that seem to strive to be annoying - almost anti-entertainment. The only thing 'The Lone Ranger' has going for it is a long life as to go-to description how not to make a blockbusters movie - this generation's 'Last Action Hero.'

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